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  • Hardware

    At Google I/O, no huge surprises but a honing of critical products

    Gone are the days of skydivers landing on the tops of buildings wearing Google Glass, or new Chromebooks, tablets and smartwatches. This year, the focus of much of Google's big I/O conference was to propel the Android operating system into new areas others have pioneered, like peer-to-peer payments and smart home appliances.

  • Security

    The NSA reportedly tried -- but failed -- to use a Stuxnet variant against North Korea

    Right around the time that the Stuxnet attack so famously sabotaged Iran's nuclear program in 2009 and 2010, the U.S. National Security Agency reportedly was trying something similar against North Korea.

  • Software

    Google to Cardboard developers: Keep it short and simple, and watch out for nausea

    Developers creating content for Google's Cardboard virtual-reality system should look to short online videos for inspiration and avoid drawn-out experiences.

  • Software

    Italy's architectural elite moves to rub out crowdsourcing design site

    Italian architects have called on the government and the Antitrust Authority to close down a crowdsourcing platform in a new round of the battle against disruptive technology.

  • Apple

    Apple's tech support thrashes competition, whether in-store or over the phone

    Apple again took the top prize in Consumer Reports' survey of technical support providers, thumping rival personal computer makers by a large margin and edging out third-party local support.

  • Apple

    New iOS tools help Android developers -- and Google

    Google and Apple are two of the staunchest competitors in any industry, especially with regard to their Android and iOS operating systems for smartphones and tablets.

  • Mobile

    Ericcson touts 5G mobile speeds

    Telecom giant Ericsson announced this week it is testing out 5G networks in the U.S. and Sweden, and has already exceeded 2Gbps throughput using multiple radio streams at the same time.

  • Security

    Silk Road mastermind Ulbricht sentenced

    The creator and chief operator of the Silk Road has been sentenced to two life sentences in jail for running the online drug marketplace, which federal prosecutors estimated facilitated the sales of more than US$213 million worth of drugs and other unlawful goods between 2011 and 2013.

  • Mobile

    Google I/O 2015 in photos

    Once again, Google I/O was held at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, May 28 and 29. As Google's annual confab for third-party developers, engineers from across the world attended the show to hear about Google's latest products and services. This year, Google revealed, among other services, Android Pay, a new way to purchase items in brick-and-mortar stores using Android smartphones; a developer preview of "M," the next version of the Android operating system; Brillo, a new OS based on Android to control devices in the home and let them talk to each other; and a new photo sharing app called Google Photos.

  • Intel

    Intel works to end "lost" data center devices

    Many data centers today inventory physical assets the same way grocery stores track food, with barcodes and scanners. It's not efficient and a certain percentage of assets will become "lost" because asset databases haven't been updated.

  • Software

    Microsoft throws open the doors for Cloud Foundry on Azure

    Cloud Foundry, the open source PaaS that's become a major part of IBM's Bluemix offering, is now showing up in an unlikely place: Microsoft Azure.

  • Apple

    Don't blame free Windows 10 for PC business ills

    PC shipments will continue to contract during 2015, but it won't be the fault of the Windows 10 free upgrade, research firm IDC said today.

  • Mobile

    Google and Levi's team up on smart clothes

    Google executives have a vision that one day soon your jacket, shirt, pants -- even your socks -- might control your phone, tablet or even the lights in your house.

  • Search

    Google bets that smart fabrics, gesture interfaces will replace fiddling on a tiny wearable touchscreen

    Instead of trying to scroll through your contacts list on a tiny smartwatch, Google thinks you should be able to just touch your sleeve to initiate a phone call.

  • Privacy

    New NSA phone dragnet proposals blasted as flawed

    Two U.S. senators are pushing proposals to extend the National Security Agency's domestic telephone records dragnet, but a diverse coalition of civil liberties and advocacy groups have called on lawmakers to vote against those plans.

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